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Douglas Annand Thursday Island pub 1943 watercolour over pencil on wove paper mounted on cardboard Purchased 1944 Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © Estate of Douglas Annand
A Creative Spirit: Douglas Annand Watercolours
18 March - 8 May 2016

Douglas Annand (1903-1976) was one of a group of exceptionally talented artists who were active in Sydney during the post war period, at the time when modern Australian painting began to flourish. A Creative Spirit demonstrates Annand's versatility as a watercolourist and draughtsman and highlights the most creative period of the artist's career.

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James Morrison Torres Strait (detail) 2014 oil on canvas Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
James Morrison: Re-imagining Papua New Guinea
15 April - 19 June 2016

This is the first exhibition to bring together a collection of the artist's imaginary landscapes relating to Far North Queensland and Papua New Guinea.

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Greg Semu Battle of the Noble Savage 6 (detail) 2007 Pigment print on Fine Art paper, ed.10 103 x 104cm framed © Musée Quai Branly & Greg Semu
Greg Semu: '12'
15 April - 12 June 2016

Semu uses photography and film to create contemporary images that are informed by historical facts and moments in time. Based on iconic artworks, such as Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (c1495), and Theodore Gericault's Raft of the Medusa (1819), the artist meticulously re-enacts and re-creates the images, in order to provide alternative readings of historical episodes that aim to explore and question issues of cultural displacement and the impact of colonialism on Pacific cultures.

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Audrey Flack, Pretty woman (Jolie madame), 1973 oil on canvas 181.5 x 243 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1978 © Audrey Flack
New Realism
22 April - 12 June 2016

Three works from the International Collection of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) have been selected for loan to the Cairns Regional Gallery as part of the NGA's Outreach Program. Together, works by Andy Warhol, Alain Jacquet and Audrey Flack explore different styles of new realism, including pop art and photorealism.

William DOBELL Mathias 1953 oil on hardboard collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1976
Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea
13 May - 26 June 2016

William Dobell (1899-1970) is regarded as one of Australia's most famous 20th century portrait painters and is remembered for his highly controversial Archibald Prize portrait of Joshua Smith in 1943. Painter in Paradise is a fascinating exhibition initiated by the S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney and curated by Natalie Wilson, Curator of Australian & Pacific Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The exhibition comprises over 100 drawings, paintings, watercolours and photographs, from public and private collections, as well as New Guinean works and artefacts that directly relate to images in the artist's works.

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